North P&I Club has presented its new ‘Mind Matters’ campaign, which includes a confidential helpline for crew. The helpline is provided in partnership with the International Seafarer’s Welfare and Assistance Network. The new campaign targets to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing at sea.
Regarding eye injuries, the first step in dealing with these is to record a full account of the circumstances of its occurrence followed by a careful eye examination. In order to prevent eye injuries, appropriate goggles or protective equipment should be worn while carrying shipboard jobs which pose great danger to the eyes of ship personnel (eg. welding, chipping, painting, and working with hazardous material such as oil, chemicals etc.).
The International Transport Workers Federation has commissioned the Yale University to carry out a research investigating seafarers’ mental health issues, to raise awareness for the mental health wellness and wellbeing of seafarers, by understanding which risk factors are associated with seafarer stress, depression and anxiety.
The American Waterways Operators released a new safety guide as the latest milestone in its two-decade effort to reduce the risk of fatigue-related accidents in the towing industry, working in cooperation with the USCG, the National Transportation Safety Board, and international sleep experts.
Dr. Phil Sharples, Senior Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Global Medical, discussed how mainstream healthcare is embracing technology to deliver higher quality medical care and how some of these initiatives could apply to the maritime industry.
The World Health Organisation recognizes World Mental Health Day on October 10th to remind us the importance of awareness in a growing topic for the business world globally. In an era where most working people have less time and more stress, mental health is a big topic and the maritime could not stay unaffected.
Ships are considered to be high-risk environments for legionellosis. The term legionellosis is a general one that describes infections with Legionella and that lead to a range of pneumonic (affecting the lungs) and non-pneumonic diseases. Legionella is a pathogenic group of Gram-negative bacteria that includes the species L. pneumophila, causing legionellosis including a pneumonia-type illness called Legionnaires’ disease and a mild flu-like illness called Pontiac fever.
Oil major Shell has revealed plans to reverse the working rotas for its offshore operations in the UK North Sea. Starting from May 2019, the company will move to two weeks offshore and three weeks onshore (2/3) rotas, following a campaign by Scotland’s largest offshore union.
As part of its crew health scheme series, the UK Club informed that it has observed a recent number of heart disease cases involving young seafarers. Healthy lifestyle choices can positively reduce the risk of getting heart disease or prevent deterioration of the condition.
Maritime New Zealand is reminding the 7,200 seafarers who have ring-fenced their ‘tickets’ they need a medical certificate to keep working. The medical certificate is due two years from the date a seafarer verification card was issued. Maritime NZ ring-fenced over 10,000 legacy seafarer certificates by 1 September 2017.
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